"Fortunato, how remarkably well you are looking today"
Rising Action 2
"And I to your long life"
"I drink, to the buried that repose around us"
"Yes, let us be gone."
Montressor, the narrator of the story is plotting his revenge on a man named Fortunato for insulting him. The story is taking place in 17th century Italy during carnival season.
"Will they not be waiting for us at the palazzo? let us be gone."
Montressor manipulates Fortunato into following him to his house by flattering his and telling him that he has come across a very expensive wine but is not sure if it is Amontillado and that he would like him to test it. Fortunato is a wine expert. Montressor also tells Fortunato that he does not have to come and that he will find someone else to taste the wine because he has a cold and is enjoying carnival. This drives Fortunato to want to go more.
Fortunato is sick with a cold and is drunk. Montressor's vaults are very damp and filled with mold which is making. The mold on the walls are making it hard for Fortunato to breath. Montressor continues to give Fortunato wine to make him even more drunk.
"no one had disturbed the bones for half a decade"
Montressor and Fortunato make it to the deepest part of the catacombs. Once they arrive Montressor tells Fortunato that the Amontillado is in the farthest room. After Fortunato goes into the small room Montressor chains Fortunato to the wall. Fortunato is to drunk to realize what is happening.
Once Fortunato is chained to the wall Montressor builds a brick wall around Fortunato so that Fortunato is stuck. Fortunato starts to sober up once he realizes what is happening. Fortunato starts jangling the chains and screaming. Fortunato responds by screaming back.
Montressor leaves Fortunato in the catacombs where he dies. It has been 50 years since Fortunato's death. Montressor confesses that no one has disturbed the bones for half a decade. What drove Montressor to complete his crime and the theme of the story is that the need for revenge is a strong motivator.